Aaron Vale Wins $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m FEI Welcome at Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Aiken International CSI2*

Aaron Vale and Elusive (c) Winslow Photography LLC

Aiken, SC – November 6, 2020 – Aaron Vale rode Elusive to victory in the $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m Welcome class at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s (SRJT) new event, the Aiken International CSI2*. Operating under COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, the show will run through Sunday at Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park in Aiken, South Carolina.

“I want to thank everyone for the great turnout we have here this week,” said Derek Braun, Split Rock Jumping Tour founder and CEO. “The support of our exhibitors and sponsors is vital to our efforts to put on a world-class event like this and I thank everyone for helping us make this event so successful!”

Out of a starting field of 47 horses, Vale was one of five to reach the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump, first-round course designed by 2016 Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge. Two entries then turned in another clean round over the seven-jump, jump-off course with Vale claiming the win with the fastest time of 39.510 seconds. Placing second was Abigail Mcardle with no faults and a time of 40.760 seconds on Victorio 5 with third going to Andrea Torres-Guerreiro who finished with eight faults in 41.320 seconds on Fifty Shades. 

“We’re excited to come to Aiken to have a good horse show before the end of the year. It seems to be working out,” said Vale. “I think the atmosphere here (Bruce’s Field at the Aiken Horse Park) drives you a little bit too. It’s got a little more atmosphere that gives you more energy and focus, it’s working.”

Winner of the $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m Welcome Aaron Vale and Elusive (c) Winslow Photography LLC

To help maintain proper social distancing, everyone is encouraged to utilize the SRJT app. The app can be used to file entries, to add/scratch, and for start lists and course designs. The app also provides live results, live streaming, video clips, notifications, announcements, and much more. Click here to download!

All classes can be watched live, free of charge, on the SRJT app and website (www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com). The SRJT Livestream is Presented by Restylane®.

Now in its sixth year, the SRJT has been revolutionizing the way the sport of show jumping is presented in the U.S. and has been creating a truly “unparalleled show jumping experience” for competitors, sponsors and spectators alike. Competing in the SRJT is unlike any other American horse show experience. SRJT competitions offer top prize money, extravagant awards, and numerous first-class amenities not typically found at any other horse show.

The Aiken International CSI2* is hosting a full schedule of show jumping classes ranging in height from .85m to 1.45m with classes for juniors, amateurs and top professionals. The schedule includes three FEI classes – the $10,000 1.40m FEI Speed class on Thursday, the $37,000 Restylane® 1.45m Welcome on Friday, and the week’s culminating event, the $100,000 1.45m FEI Grand Prix on Sunday.

Friday’s schedule also included the $5,000 1.40m Winning Round which was won by Aaron Vale on Eye Catcher. Vale also came in second place with Mr. Incredible. 

The Aiken International CSI2* is hosting a full schedule of show jumping classes ranging in height from .85m to 1.45m with classes for juniors, amateurs and top professionals. The schedule includes three FEI classes and is highlighted by the week’s culminating event, the $100,000 1.45m FEI Grand Prix on Sunday. 

Other highlights include the $20,000 Restylane® 1.35m Prix on Saturday, and the $5,000 Horseflight 1.40m Junior/Amateur Final on Sunday. 

SRJT would like to thank the corporate partners and advertisers who are making the Split Rock Jumping Tour a truly unparalleled experience!

Aiken Saddlery • Animo • CWD • Dalman Jump Co • Dinsmore • ESI Footing • FarmVet • Hoffman International Properties, Inc. • Horseflight • Hyaluronex • John Deere/NTRA • Lisa Seger Insurance • PonyApp • Restylane • Roeckl • Vitalize Alimend • 

In 2020, SRJT has adopted Green is the New Blue operating standards to prioritize green practices at all Split Rock Jumping Tour events.

Additional information is available at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s website at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com.

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